My limited experience with graphical programming is that of using LabView for a test set that a customer requested, rather than my usual programming language of choice. I am not a big fan of graphical programming although I know a lot of folks are - I do get concerned because I think that "you can focus on engineering/design concepts, instead of teaching a programming language" may be a good start for getting young people interested - but if you don't learn a programming language, you sacrifice the ability to have low level control when you need it.
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
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